Virtual Theatre Education Resources: The Epic Crowdsourced List


Digital Teaching Tools & Resources for Teachers

TOOL -; an online platform to build digital classrooms, free for schools

TOOL -; a free screen recording software that will host videos

TOOL - Nearpod; create interactive lessons online

TOOL - Flipgrid; record and share short videos together

TOOL - Zoom; hold video conferences and classrooms for free online

TOOL - Teams; Microsoft platform to hold virtual meetings and files storage

TOOL - Canva; create graphics, PDFs, and have your classroom create their own playbill

RESOURCE - Remote Teaching Resources; a master list of resources on HOW to teach online

General Resources for all age levels

RESOURCE - Teach Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

RESOURCE - Digital Theatre +; A one-stop-shop for lessons, videos, and projects from secondary to higher education

RESOURCE - Drama Online; a library of video guides, performances, and case studies

VIDEO - National Theatre Educational Videos

INTERACTIVE TOOL - The Virtual Theatre; design your own stage and sets using this 3D Design Tool. Free by using coupon code “Online Teaching”

VIDEO - The American Theatre Wing; extensive videos about working in the profession of theatre, check out the “Working In The Theatre” playlist

LIST - General Educational Companies offering free subscriptions to teachers

RESOURCE - Margolis Method Online; educator rubrics, work plans, syllabi and more

RESOURCE - Black Box Education Resources for Online School

VIDEO - Theatre Museum; video interviews on acting, directing, playwriting, rehearsing, and theatre design

VIDEO - PBS Theatre Learning Media; includes videos on analysis of theatre works, theatrical creation, history of theatre, and information on the profession at-large

RESOURCE - Broadway Educators

Playscripts Available Online

Shakespeare’s Full Collection of Works

New Play Exchange; free for educators

Free Plays UK; public domain plays by David Muncaster

Videos of Full Productions Online

On the Boards - Contemporary Performances

Met Opera - The Met is launching “Nightly Met Opera” streams free starting March 16

National Theatre Collection - Includes productions such as ‘The Cherry Orchard’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Jane Eyre’, and ‘Julius Caesar’

LA Theatre Works

Howlround TV - Live-streaming for theater organizations is free and time slots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Broadway HD - Free trial for 7 days, then $8.99 a month

PBS Great Performances

Legally Blonde: The Musical (MTV Version)

Disney’s Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular

Into The Woods - Original Broadway Cast

RENT: Broadway Production


University / College


LESSON COMPILATION - Introduction to Drama

RESOURCE - Theatre Education Database

LESSON - Uta Hagen’s Three Entrances, Reading Section + Activity

High School / Key Stage 4 & 5 / Year 10-13 / Upper School

LESSON COMPILATION - Crash Course Theater and Drama

VIDEO - The Elements of Drama

COURSE - Khan Academy & Pixar, The Art of Storytelling

PROJECT - Theatre History Research Project

PROJECT - Acting Teacher (Methods) Research Project

LESSON - Hamilton Act 1 Interactive Lesson (using the Nearpod platform)

LESSON COMPILATION - ISTA Lesson Lending Network

LESSON COMPILATION - Shakespeare 2020 Project

LESSON COMPILATION - Shakespeare Learning Zone, from the Royal Shakespeare Company

LESSON COMPILATION - Folger Shakespeare Library

PROJECT - Production Process Webquest; You are the Executive Director of a theatre production company and need to collaborate with your production team to make artistic decisions in order to produce a meaningful production of Romeo and Juliet…

REHEARSAL LOG - Monologue Rehearsal Log

LESSON - Stage Management for Theatre

VIDEO - PBS Theatre Learning Media; includes videos on analysis of theatre works, theatrical creation, history of theatre, and information on the profession at-large

Middle School / Key Stage 2 & 3

LESSON COMPILATION - Crash Course Theater and Drama

LESSON - Italian Commedia Dell’Arte; historical overview (video), Commedia masks (image), History of Commedia (video), Gromalot (video), Characters of Commedia (video), Australian Troupe answers questions (video), Student Project on Lazzi

LESSON - Physical Comedy (lazzi) from the Silent Film Era; Buster Keaton (video), Harold Lloyd (video)

LESSON COMPLIATION - ISTA Lesson Lending Network

REHEARSAL LOG - Monologue Rehearsal Log

LESSON - Emergency Lesson Plans for Middle School

Elementary School / Primary School / Lower School

LESSON - Body Language and Facial Expressions

LESSON COMPILATION - Role Play using narrative texts



VIDEO - Set Design Overview

VIRTUAL TOUR - 11 Stages Around the World from Google

INTERACTIVE TOOL - The Virtual Theatre; design your own stage and sets using this 3D Design Tool. Free by using coupon code “Online Teaching”

PRINTABLE - Build a Set printable PDF


INTERACTIVE TOOL - Light Labs & Education Tools

VIRTUAL LESSON - Learn about Lighting Design



VIDEO - Playwriting Class with David Ball

VIDEO LESSON SERIES - Virtual Adventures in Playwriting

LESSONS - YTP Downloadable Playwriting Lessons

DOWNLOAD - Teaching Playwriting in Schools


TUTORIALS - Make Up Special FX videos

RESOURCE - Teaching Costume Design to all ages

LESSON COMPILATION - Characteristic Costume Design

RUBRIC - Costume Design


VIDEO - WALL E Animation Sound Design Part 1 & Part 2


VIDEO - Stanislavsky Acting Method

REHEARSAL LOG - Monologue Rehearsal Log

RESOURCE - How to Self-Tape Auditions & Performances

WORKSHEET - Character Questionnaire


VIDEO SERIES - FaceTime Improv

GAMES - 10 Virtual Improv Games


RESOURCE - Online Vocal Pedagogy Resources

RESOURCE - Remote Music Lessons

LESSON - Musical Theatre History

PROJECT - History of Musical Theatre Project & Rubric


RESOURCE - Playmaking, by Daniel Judah Sklar

LESSON - Introduction to Directing

VIDEO - PBS Theater Learning Media - Directing

RUBRIC - Directing Project Assessment Rubric



LESSON - Stage Management for Theatre

RESOURCE - Teaching Stage Management


VIDEO - On the Boards - Contemporary Performances, subscription is free through April 2020 using promo code “ARTATHOME20”

RESOURCE - Moving Dance Based Pedagogy Online; an incredible list of available resources

ONLINE CLASS - CLI Studios is providing free dance classes online starting March 16


VIDEO - Behind the Scenes at War Horse

VIDEO - Telling Stories Using Puppets Made From Trash

VIDEO - Escape from Trash Mountain - A Trash Puppets Show

VIDEO - The Lion King - Circle of Life

VIDEO - Behind the scenes in The Lion King’s Puppet Shop

VIDEO - Jim Henson on Making Muppets




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